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Man arrested for stealing 192 ventilation equipment for serious patients COVID-19 in El Salvador

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Joelvis Dennis Hernandez allegedly stole ventilation equipment last August.

Jolvis Dennis Hernandez, 42 He was arrested on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro, Texas, on charges of stealing a tractor-trailer loaded with 192 medical air conditioners from Miami International Airport. , U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida It was announced on Friday.

Officials say the ventilators cost about $ 3 million.

He is charged with conspiracy to commit felony criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit felony criminal mischief, conspiracy to commit felony criminal mischief, and conspiracy to commit felony criminal mischief.

In August, Hernandez was parked at a parking lot in Bottonton Beach, Florida, at 1:47 p.m.

The trailer stayed overnight. The complaint alleges that the truck was scheduled to be airlifted to Miami International Airport from El Salvador.

The ventilators were part of the US government’s COVID-19 relief program and were being sent to the COVID-19 intensive care facility in El Salvador, officials said.

The truck driver then reported that he had stolen the trailer. Authorities in South Florida later found most of the ventilation equipment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In September, FBR Herganz shared a photo of himself on social media, offering a $ 5,000 reward for information on the location of the theft.

Hernandez filed his first federal lawsuit in the Western District of Texas on Friday, and the trial is set to begin in South Florida, where the case is pending. Hernandez’s lawyer could not be reached immediately.

Montero was arrested in Florida in September without charge, authorities said. ABC News contacted Montero’s lawyer for comment.

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